Conservation & Sustainable Development

MacArthur's conservation grantmaking aims to preserve ecosystems and species and to promote development that respects the environment. Read our strategy

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Mekong Governments Delay Xayaburi Dam

International Rivers and other MacArthur-supported groups provided research on the potential environmental risks posed by hydropower dams in the region. Read More

Research to Aid in Caribbean Reef Restoration

A 14-year, MacArthur-supported study in Belize has found that fishing closures produce encouraging increases in populations of predatory fish species but only a minimal increase in herbivorous fish. Read More

The Big Idea: Saving Forests

From National Geographic Read More

The Amazon Dieback Scenario

From the New York Times Read More
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"Shipibo... the Movie of our Memories" Trailer

In this MacArthur-supported film by the Field Museum, "Shipibo...the Movie of our Memories," the Native Communities of the Shipibo in southern Peru discuss anthropologist Harry Tschopik Jr.'s 1953 film on the Shipibo people, Men ...

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MacArthur's Jorgen Thomsen on Addressing Environmental Challenges of 21st Century

MacArthur Director of conservation and Sustainable Development Jorgen Thomsen discusses the importance of strong, diverse, and thriving ecosystems. Read More

Foundations Unite to Protect the Amazonian Rainforest

MacArthur hosted the Funders of the Amazon Basin, a group composed of six foundations working to address increasing rainforest degradation in the Amazon. Read More

Himalayan Nations Sign Adaptation Declaration at Climate Summit

The governments of India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Bhutan signed a regional climate change adaptation declaration at the MacArthur-supported Climate Summit for a Living Himalayas in Bhutan. Read More

Staff

Portrait of Jorgen Thomsen

Jorgen Thomsen

Director, Conservation & Sustainable Development
Portrait of Kate Barnes

Kate Barnes

Program Officer, Conservation and Sustainable Development (Coastal Marine)
Portrait of Stephen E. Cornelius

Stephen E. Cornelius

Program Officer, Conservation and Sustainable Development (Latin America)
Portrait of Christopher Holtz

Christopher Holtz

Program Officer, Conservation and Sustainable Development (Asia)
Portrait of John Watkin

John Watkin

Program Officer, Conservation & Sustainable Development (Great Lakes of Africa)
Portrait of Elsa Gutierrez

Elsa Gutierrez

Program Administrator

Rossi M. Polenica

Program Assistant
Portrait of Barbara A. Taylor

Barbara A. Taylor

Senior Executive Assistant